A hybrid of documentary and fiction, 'Rukus' is a queer coming of age story set in the liminal spaces of furry conventions, southern punk houses, and virtual worlds. Rukus is a 20-year-old furry artist, living with his boyfriend Sable in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. In his sketchbooks, Rukus is constructing an imaginary universe - a sprawling graphic novel in which painful childhood memories are restaged as an epic fantasy. Brett is a 16-year-old filmmaker with OCD, working on a documentary about kinky subcultures in spite of his own anxiety. After an interview leads to an online friendship, their lives entwine in ways that push them into strange, unexplored territories.
**Official Selection 2018 SXSW Film Festival**
Written and Directed by Brett Hanover Assistant Directors: Alanna Stewart and Katherine Dohan Additional Art and Writing: Rukus Animation: Karolina Glusiec, Ben Holm, Eusong Lee Original Music: Brian Saia